Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve has won its first Green Flag Award this year with West Park, East Park and Bantock Park retaining theirs for the second year in a row.
The 4 award winning beauty spots are among a record breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for four of our green spaces.
“We are really proud of all our parks and play areas in Wolverhampton, they are well loved by our residents and our three major parks attract many visitors to the city.
“Green Flag Awards are a well deserved recognition of all the hard work that goes into providing clean and green spaces. I’m so pleased the judges have recognised the efforts our officers, volunteers and friends of our parks put in to making our three most popular parks and our beloved nature reserve, award-winning beauty spots in the city.”
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”
Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve is a site of valuable environmental and historical significance. The site covers 24 hectares of naturally managed countryside and dates back to the 13th century. It provides a stable and protected habitat for wildlife on the fringe of an urban area.
West Park is around 18 hectares, includes a beautiful lake and a stunning
landscaped green space within a 10 minute walk of Wolverhampton city centre. The park is considered to be one of the best, unspoilt examples of a Victorian park left in England and is Wolverhampton's premier open space.
East Park, situated off Hickman Avenue is approximately 18 hectares in size and is popular with local residents due to children’s play areas, the cycle speedway track, multi games courts, football pitches and the popular outdoor pools in the summer months.
Bantock Park is around 16 hectares compromising mostly of an open space, which still retains its 'rural' character, with a variety of trees, a nature trail and home of the iconic Bantock House.